WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – The McLaughlin name is no stranger to the short tracks of central New York, and this weekend Max McLaughlin will carry on the family tradition when he pilots a No. 6 HBR-prepared Troyer modified in the Last Call at the Port Weekend at Weedsport Speedway.
Max, the son of DIRT Hall of Famer Mike McLaughlin, has been tearing up the dirt tracks in the South and is excited to bring his talent to the famed HBR team.
“This is amazing,” said McLaughlin. “To have the opportunity to race in one of Mr. Heinke’s race cars is such an honor. When you add being teammates with Matt Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps I am almost speechless. I had the opportunity to test at Weedsport with HBR and it is such a great track.”
McLaughlin has raced 31 times in 2015, winning 13 times as well as being the number-one qualifier 19 times in his UMP modified and Outlaw mini sprint. The high school sophomore totally understands that this will be a completely different ballgame then what he is used to racing, but feels he is up to the challenge.
“I know that these cars are different then what I have raced this season,” added the 15-year-old. “I know there will be a learning curve, but I feel confident that having Matt and Jimmy and the experience of the HBR team to help me will definitely quicken that curve.”
McLaughlin will campaign the same HBR race car in his home state of North Carolina in the prestigious World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, Nov. 5-7.